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Habitat for Humanity's challenge kicks off Saturday

By JR Ortega
Sept. 28, 2011 at 4:28 a.m.
Updated Sept. 29, 2011 at 4:29 a.m.


Do you see yourself running a 5K? What about a 10K?

Perhaps diving face first into a glob of slick mud as you claw your way under wires is something you are into.

Whatever the case, Habitat for Humanity Victoria's Sweat Equity Challenge on Saturday is sure to live up to its name.

Now in its third year, the fundraiser challenge meshes athletic ability and public awareness of what Habitat for Humanity does, said Brandi Barthels, resource development manager.

"We have people who come from all over the state," she said. "The general public needs to know what Habitat does. We are not giving our homes away."

The name of the challenge, Sweat Equity, resonates with what families have to do to get these homes, Barthels said.

Sweat equity is the hours each homeowner and family members spend building home in the community.

Habitat volunteers are not the only ones building these homes.

Since 1996, the Victoria Habitat chapter has built 75 homes in the area. The plan is to soon expand to Jackson, Calhoun and Goliad counties, Barthels said.

This year's challenge has several new additions, including free archery provided by the Straight Arrow Archery Learning Center, zumba and a free fishing tournament.

The traditional athletic challenges include the 5K, 10K, a disc golf tournament, couch potato race, kayak race, a 5k fun walk, cook off, decathlon for the kids and washer, volleyball and softball tournaments.

The most popular event is the 1.5 mile obstacle course, which is created by retired military.

Habitat has no fundraising goal set, Barthels added.

She just wants to make sure people have fun.

"We want to just raise funds to build homes for people in need in our community," Barthels said.

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